Charity finance group plans green standards

An environmental and social reporting standard for charities is being drawn up by the Charity Finance Directors' Group.

"We would encourage charities to look at green issues, and we think this is something finance directors can take a lead on," said Ernese Skinner, policy and campaigns manager at the CFDG. "We became interested in this after the Charity Commission held a seminar on whether charities should include green issues among their charitable objectives.

"Only four out of the top 50 charities reported on the environment in their annual reports, and we want to encourage more to do so."

Skinner said it would be optional and would encourage best practice. "It's at the project planning stage at the moment," she said. "We're aiming to have it ready in six to nine months. We want people to have time to incorporate it in annual reports."

The standard was mentioned briefly at last week's CFDG annual conference.

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